Luzerne County is blessed with individuals and businesses of all levels of affluence who are committed to making this the best community possible. The Luzerne Foundation provides the most convenient and efficient means for any person or organization to maximize the effectiveness of their philanthropy.
The Luzerne Foundation’s board, staff, and volunteers are part of a dynamic team committed to our community.
Charles Barber, President & CEO
President & CEO of The Luzerne Foundation Charles joined The Luzerne Foundation in 2000 after working in bank trust departments and the charitable financial services industry for more years than he cares to admit. You’ll find him attending nonprofit board meetings (he’s either on the board or serves as a resource), serving on a collaborative community effort, meeting with a family or group to establish a fund at The Foundation, or sitting down with a financial advisor to assist with an estate plan.
His financial background is a plus, but it’s his commitment to the community that makes him the key person to go to if you want to know more about community needs and how to make a difference.
Diane M. Dutko, Chief Operating Officer
Diane has been a part of The Luzerne Foundation as Director of Operations since August 15, 2005. Her number one task is to keep The Luzerne Foundation running smoothly. Her past experiences as Church Administrator, for 11 years, and Retail Manager, for 2 years, help make this task and other day-to-day responsibilities manageable. Outside the office, Diane is cooking, sewing or spending time with her two dogs and four grandchildren.
She enjoys working at The Luzerne Foundation and helping those who have experienced a loss, or simply have a passion for something, accomplish their goals and achieve their dreams.
Donna Eiden, Grants & Scholarship Administrator
Donna joined The Luzerne Foundation in March of 2010. She assists in keeping The Foundation running smoothly by managing contributions, preparing and distributing donor correspondence, coordinating grant cycles and scholarships, and providing administrative support related to all aspects of The Foundation. Donna has a B.S. in Secondary Education/English from The University of Scranton and enjoys being part of a progressive nonprofit organization that benefits so many in the community.
Debbie Buczynski, Finance Administrator
Debbie joined The Luzerne Foundation staff in December 2016 as our finance administrator. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from King’s College and has a proven track record in the field. Her experience, strong work ethic, operational efficiencies, and attention detail has raised the bar on The Luzerne Foundation’s financial operations. Debbie very quickly mastered FIMS, a specialized software specific to community foundation operations.
Outside of the office, Debbie loves spending time outdoors with her husband Joe, and their college-aged children, Joseph, Adam, and Justine.
Sylvia Strowe, Administrative Coordinator
Sylvia came to The Luzerne Foundation in April (July) 2019 and she is the first face that you will see when you enter into the Foundation’s building. Sylvia is originally from New Jersey, but has become a Pennsylvanian by way of California. Sylvia is a career administrative associate and supports all the personnel at the Foundation, from writing correspondence to troubleshooting technological issues. She enjoys working within an organization that does so much for so many.
When she is not in the office, Sylvia enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her four daughters, her grandchildren and her grand-fluffies.